December 11, 2011
Halftime blog: Panthers 23, Falcons 7
The Panthers scored 9 points in a 21-second span to swing the momentum and grab a 23-7 halftime lead over the Falcons.
The game was tied at 7 when the Panthers lined up to punt midway through the second quarter.
Jason Baker's 47-yard punt was downed by Captain Munnerlyn at the Falcons' 4-yard line. Three plays later, defensive end Antwan Applewhite dropped Matt Ryan for a safety to put the Panthers up 9-7.
Ryan was trying to throw to his left, but could not find an open receiver. Applewhite broke through the middle and hit Ryan for an 8-yard loss.
It was the second sack of the season for the Panthers. Greg Hardy had a safety against Jacksonville in Week 3.
Two plays after the ensuing free kick, DeAngelo Williams went around right end for a 74-yard touchdown on the longest rushing play of the season.
Tight end Jeremy Shockey sealed the edge with a nice block on the play.
But the Panthers weren't done. On their next possession, Cam Newton hit Greg Olsen on a tight end screen, and Olsen darted down the right sideline for a 44-yard score that increased the Panthers' lead to 23-7 with 3:03 left before halftime.
The Panthers made it appear they were setting up a screen play to Jonathan Stewart on the left side before Newton flipped the ball to Olsen, who received nice blocks from center Ryan Kalil and wideout Brandon LaFell.
Posted by Observer Sports on December 11, 2011 at 02:27 PM | Permalink
Great overall game and play calling by the Panthers in the first half. Keep it up guys. Love the coverage by the defense.
Posted by: Ryan | Dec 11, 2011 2:31:48 PM
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